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Domino Effect

2014 DOK Leipzig, Doc German Competition
Germany, Poland | 2014 | 76 min. | Abkhaz, Russian | German subtitles | German Premiere
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At the moment things are quiet in Abkhazia, the semi-autonomous Caucasian mini state. Too quiet, says Minister of Sports Rafael. As stubborn and single-minded as Don Quixote he wants to use sports to bring back former glory to Abkhazia – after all, it worked under the Soviets. Ignoring the rusted ships that litter the beaches like stranded whales and the hopelessly decrepit mansions along the esplanade of Sokhumi, he fights for his event: a domino world championship. With admirable determination Rafael braves all obstacles: the lack of electricity, the lack of talented athletes and the tears of his wife, Moscow singer Natasha, who gave up her country for him. She feels foreign and crushed in the cultural conflict between Russia and Georgia who both claim territory in this region. Elwira Niewira and Piotr Rosołowski link the private family disputes of a mésalliance with the sometimes absurd political reality of Abkhazia with near masterly flair. Like the couple who have yet to find each other, the country is looking for its identity. In any case, the resonant pop song about the Abkhazian capital is more than a beginning.
Cornelia Klauß
Original Title: Domino Effekt
Country: Germany, Poland
Year: 2014
Language: Abkhaz, Russian
Subtitle: German
Runtime: 76 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosołowski
Producer: Ann Carolin Renninger, Thomas Kufus, Anna Wydra
Cinematographer: Piotr Rosołowski
Editor: Karoline Schulz, Andrzej Dąbrowski
Music: Maciej Cieślak
Sound: Marcin Lenarczyk, Tomasz Wieczorek
Script: Piotr Rosołowski, Elwira Niewiera
Ann Carolin Renninger
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